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Construction plan supports F-35 program

A multi-disciplinary team across the 56th Fighter Wing is preparing Luke Air Force Base to become the largest F-35 Lightning II training base in the world.

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Munition flight’s isolation strengthens unit

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight involves all types of conventional munition systems and is an essential component to the Luke Air Force Base mission.

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Reservist lends hand

Master Sgt. Steven Joubert, 944th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, is the first Air Reserve technician aircrew chief to hold a position within the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit since the base realignment and closure in 2007.

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This week in history

Forty years ago, I stood with 4,400 other academy cadets listening to a motivational speech about patriotism. It was a short speech because Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. knew he stood between us and our allotted 20 minutes for lunch.

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U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely Aug. 24 at Ramstein Air Base via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21.


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Luke announces Pro Bowl, Super Bowl involvement

Posted  January 16, 2015

In celebration of the NFL’s Pro Bowl and Super Bowl events, Luke Air Force Base has teamed up with several organizations to plan the following events, highlighting the Air Force leading up to the Super Bowl Feb. 1. Jan. 21 NFL PLAY 60: Held at Luke Elementary School, NFL PLAY 60 is the NFL’s campaign…

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Are we mentoring our members to success?

Posted  January 16, 2015

The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment to be effective July 1, 2014. The ACA is not a change to the performance feedback program but a progression in the way we execute an overlooked opportunity to tell our subordinates what we expect…

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Airmen: Ambassadors of Air Force core values

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airmen are tasked and trained to keep up with myriad tasks that sometimes venture outside the scope of their assigned jobs. One of these tasks that often goes unnoticed or rarely spoken about is the job of an ambassador. Every time you are in uniform and travel off base, whether to go home for the…

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Technology takes off

Posted  January 16, 2015

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Maj. William Wisehart, 56th Training Squadron chief instructor, teaches a class to F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots-in-training Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. Luke is responsible for more than 80 percent of F-16 pilot training. What comes to mind when you think of the future? The 56th Training Squadron imagines a world…

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News Briefs January 16, 2015

Posted  January 16, 2015

NFL Pro Bowl practice at Luke Jan. 22 The NFL’s all-star game, the Pro Bowl, will host a practice at Luke Air Force Base’s football field near the South Gate Jan. 22. Team Carter, led by Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter is scheduled to practice from 10 to 11 a.m. The second practice…

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Salutes & Awards

THUNDERBOLTS OF THE WEEK

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airman 1st Class Clifford Leduc Surette 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Fuel system apprentice Hometown: Rensselaer, New York Years in service: One Education: Pursuing Cisco networking certification Inspirations: To Become a good supervisor and to get my Seven Level Goals: To get my Community College Air Force degree, be promoted Greatest feat: Completing firefighter school in…

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944th pilot aims high, logs 4,000 flying hours

Posted  January 16, 2015

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Col. Gregory Jones, left, 944th Operations Group commander, is congratulated by Col. Kurt Gallegos, 944th Fighter Wing commander, after completing 4,000 hours of flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon Jan. 8 at Luke Air Force Base. Jones and Gallegos are two of just 42 pilots in the Air Force who have reached this…

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Sparks fly …

Posted  January 16, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman David Andrews, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron metals technician, uses a grinder to clean titanium tubes Jan. 13 at Luke Air Force Base. Airmen at the metals shop handle machining and welding for various parts of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and some for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.

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‘View from Top’ program gives bird’s eye view

Posted  January 16, 2015

Airmen and NCOs got to experience what it’s like to be a chief master sergeant Jan. 6 when they shadowed a chief here during the View from the Top program. View from the Top is a new monthly program at Luke Air Force Base that provides an opportunity for Airmen to gain insight about senior…

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AFAS steps up with education programs

Posted  January 16, 2015

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS An Airman checks his student loan balance Jan. 7 at Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force Aid Society has programs to assist in funding education so that Airmen can avoid college debt. Education can be a key to succeeding in life, especially for military members looking to make the Air Force…

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